Connect 2 Project - Community Ambassador

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Register your Interest

Are  you passionate about youth safety and providing better opportunities for young people? Do you have strong reach or influence with young people in your community?  Do you live or work in Adur, Worthing or Arun?  Can you offer a minimum of four hours a month to make a difference to young lives?  If so, read on...

The Connect 2 Project aims to improve the safety and welfare of young people living in Arun, Adur & Worthing. We empower young people to make positive decisions about their safety by:

  • Making information and resources available to them, their families, and friends to help them understand, discuss and navigate the issues affecting young people’s safety in West Sussex. All our resources have been compiled by community safety experts in partnership with local young people, including young people with experience of tackling some of those challenges.
  • Answering commonly asked questions to help them make the right call

Support is delivered by a team of local, volunteer Community Ambassadors who are trained in understanding the risks and underlying causes of youth violence, harm, and exploitation as well as developing the necessary skills to listen to and engage with young people and their families and signposting them to the support services and networks they need.

This is a flexible role. Volunteers can operate as an Ambassador as part of their own day today interactions in the local community or by engaging with young people at local community events, groups, and opportunities which will be promoted by the Project Team.

As a Community Ambassador, your responsibilities will be:

  • To listen to young people empathetically, carefully sign-posting them to relevant services provided in West Sussex (including mentorship, safeguarding or gender support services) and wider youth services and support for young people to help them flourish.
  • To keep up to date with developments aimed at reducing youth violence, promoting youth safety within Adur & Worthing District and Arun District and nationwide.Updates will be circulated by the Project Team from time to time.
  • Encouraging young people to talk about their experiences openly and create safe space for them to do so, without fear of being judged or harmed.
  • Handling interactions and conversations as a Volunteer in a respectful way.
  • Handling any information provided in confidence and in accordance with the law.
  • To escalate effectively and appropriately any welfare concerns for young people to managers within the Connect2 Service.
  • To promote the public health approach to youth violence reduction adopted by Sussex Violence Reduction Unit. 

Interested? Click the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button, fill in your details and we'll get in touch for an informal chat. 


Skills

We are looking to engage committed volunteers who are:

  • Passionate about youth safety and providing better opportunities for young people.
  • Reflect the communities in West Sussex.
  • Have strong reach or influence with young people in their local community
  • Are eager to help shape young lives.

Volunteers will receive full training and support within this role, including:

  • A full day induction with top-up training throughout the year, provided in person in the area or online in accordance with social distancing requirements.
  • 24/7 support from the support team by email, WhatsApp, and Facebook groups.
  • Monthly check-ins with your Project Director/ Team Leader.
  • Guidance document and Code of Conduct.

Benefits

  • Full training provided by subject-matter experts.
  • Becoming a pivotal part of the whole community’s effort to steer its young people away from youth violence, towards positive alternatives.
  • Volunteer recognition and reward scheme.
  • Future references for you provided by the Project Team for any job applications or voluntary positions. 

Practical Considerations

Ambassador Volunteers will be able to claim back reasonable out-of-pocket expenses(including for food if the event is over 5 hours, and travel costs) 

When do I need to be available?

Details This is a flexible role. Volunteers can operate as an Ambassador as part of their own day to day interactions in the local community or by engaging with young people at local community events, groups, and opportunities which will be promoted by the Project Team. There is no specific time commitment for the volunteer role but you will need to complete our training program and be available for a minimum of 4 hours per month to support the project.
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Where does this role take place?

Adur and Worthing

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training